Patriot Guard Riders of Northwest Louisiana visited the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive Substation Thursday afternoon during the Posse meeting to express their appreciation for the men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community of Bossier Parish.
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse comprises men and women aged 50 and above who volunteer to serve as funeral escorts, check vacation homes, assist deputies with crashes and traffic control, operate the parish food bank program (Operation Blessing), aid the elderly and shut-ins, and provide other services to the parish.
At many of the funerals, riders with the Patriot Guard join the Posse Funeral Escort Team to show their support to military veterans and others during funeral services. That joint effort between the Posse and Patriot Guard is special, and the riders presented a special plaque to Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington to show their appreciation.
“The Patriot Guard occasionally gets recognized for what we do,” said Lewis McGinty, a Vietnam Army veteran. “But we don’t believe you get recognized for the time and the hours you put into the job you do, and we appreciate you.”
Patti Adams, an Air Force veteran and member of the Patriot Guard, read the plaque’s inscription:
“Patriot Guard riders of Northwest Louisiana present this plaque with gratitude and appreciation to the men and women of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Posse for the service they perform on behalf of the citizens of Bossier Parish and Sheriff Julian Whittington. Special thanks from PGR members for your assistance and cooperation in helping us carry out our mission.”
Sheriff Whittington was quite humbled and pleased to have the Posse recognized by the Patriot Guard, whose motto is “Standing For Those Who Stood For Us.”
“We are very appreciative of this, but I feel like we should be recognizing you,” he said. “I see the Patriot Guard out there…on those hot days and the cold days. You are out there even before we get there, and when we leave, you stay.”
Sheriff Whittington further noted the outstanding service of the Posse members, many who are veterans as well.
“I’m very proud of this group of Posse men and women who are volunteers. When they’re out there doing their jobs, it’s comforting to know you are out there. ‘You’ve got our back’, I suppose you could say.”
For any Bossier Parish resident aged 50 and more who might be interested in becoming a member of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse team, please contact the Viking Drive Substation at (318) 965-3500.